Despite the fact that he currently suits up in Charlotte Hornets teal and purple, Tony Parker is first and foremost a Spur. Hornets coach James Borrego, who coached both Manu Ginobili and Parker in San Antonio as an assistant under Gregg Popovich, allowed Parker to fly back to San Antonio to attend Ginobili's jersey retirement ceremony on Thursday.
Tony Parker is going to fly back to San Antonio with #Spurs tonight to attend Manu Ginobil's jersey retirement ceremony Thursday. @JabariJYoung asked James Borrego if he had to sign a permission slip for Tony to go. "Doctor's note, " Borrego said. "And his name is Dr. Popovich."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 26, 2019
While Tim Duncan gets the greatest share of the publicity for the Spurs' five championships -- and he deserves it -- that quiet dynasty doesn't materialize without the contributions of Parker and Ginobili.
Parker's tremendous athleticism and ability to control the game on both ends from the point guard spot paired with Ginobili
There are 129 players in NBA history with at least 1,000 career games played in the regular season. Manu Ginobili's career winning percentage is the highest among all of them:— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) August 28, 2018
.721 - Manu Ginobili
.720 - Tony Parker
.719 - Tim Duncan
.690 - Danny Ainge
.688 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pic.twitter.com/VNKKH2052r
Nice of Borrego to allow Parker to take a day off to join with the rest of league in honoring one of the most humble, unsung players in NBA history.